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Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke and Lydia DeGaris-Pursell Photo by: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke and Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

Lion's Head Meatballs in Spicy Coconut Sauce

These spicy meatballs are called "Lion's Head" because of their large size. Also, lions are believed to ward off evil. You can make the meatballs a day or two ahead, store them covered in the refrigerator, and heat them in the sauce before serving. Decrease the red pepper for a milder flavor.

Cooking Light JANUARY 2002

  • Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 meatball and 3 tablespoons sauce)

Ingredients

  • Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced hot red chile pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
  • Meatballs:
  • 1 pound ground round or ground pork
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped water chestnuts
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced hot red chile pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind

Preparation

To prepare sauce, combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl.

To prepare meatballs, combine ground pork and next 9 ingredients (pork through salt) in a large bowl, and shape mixture into 8 meatballs. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs; cook 7 minutes, browning on all sides. Drain well.

Place sauce in a large saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add meatballs; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 8 minutes. Garnish with basil and rind.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 297
  • Calories from fat: 20%
  • Fat: 6.5g
  • Saturated fat: 1.8g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.1g
  • Protein: 13.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 38.7g
  • Fiber: 17g
  • Cholesterol: 30mg
  • Iron: 1.4mg
  • Sodium: 616mg
  • Calcium: 12mg
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